be out of action

be out of action

 
1. if a machine or vehicle is out of action, it is not working or cannot be used I'm afraid the TV's out of action.
2. if someone who plays sport is out of action, they are injured and cannot play Towers is out of action with a broken wrist.
See also: action, of, out
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But the 30-year-old is now likely to be out of action until February at the earliest after a setback in his recovery.